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Poster: chris in long beach Date: Apr 22, 2009 2:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: More variety is needed in the setlist

Well, not really. But please, I wish they would get rid of that 10-15 minute drum solo for each show. I mean, it's bad enough they have two drummers, but do we really need to hear two drummers wank off every night?

Cut Drums and Space, and end the show 20 minutes earlier.

Hmm, on second thought, I guess a bathroom break would be nice.

I'm still a GD rookie, so maybe I'll learn to appreciate drum solos in 5-10 years. Or not.

Anyone else think this is a tradition that needs to end?

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Poster: nagdot Date: Apr 22, 2009 9:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

yea with jerry not needing a fix anymore, you'd think they'd get rid of drums/space and add a few more songs. dont be afraid of change oh deadheaded ones.

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Poster: SoogyerJohnson Date: Apr 22, 2009 7:23am
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anyone catch this one on tour yet ? maybe bobby's just waiting for PA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdmtbifsbr0

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Poster: nagdot Date: Apr 22, 2009 9:40am
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lol i love this chick

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Poster: abilene22 Date: Apr 22, 2009 7:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

I saw DSO awhile back and about five minutes into Drums/Space someone yelled very loudly, "C'mon, enough of this shit... play a fucking song!"

By the loud cheer which followed one would surmise that he wasn't the only person feeling that way.

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Poster: chris in long beach Date: Apr 22, 2009 4:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

Couple of things...

1. I may take a bathroom break, but I"M not going to lock myself in there. If I lock myself in I won't be able to run back to my seat when Drums/Space is over :)

2. I think Drums could be better and more appreciated if it wasn't performed every show. What would you think if any other song was performed, at the same spot in the set, for every show? Well, ok, maybe not the exact same spot, but you get the idea.

I have a question about the Buffalo show. Is this version of They Love Each Other played fast or slow?

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Poster: barongsong Date: Apr 22, 2009 12:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

Well honestly I take drums space as set-break that doesn't lose the musical energy as a normal set break would. Although sometimes it could actually surprise you and on occasion some of the best magic of the night could happen during it. Was kinda a pot luck {Pun intended} thing. Although I do have a very vivid memory of some show where I was wishing they would do something different and low a behold they came out and did a space-drums, while very fun, can't say it made much difference in the long run.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Apr 22, 2009 6:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

Billy and Mickey are the main reasons to attend these shows. I would be disappointed without a significant drums portion. If nothing else, these shows are about nostalgia and tradition. Drums and Space were a part of every GD show for the last 15 years of the (real) band. It's just plain silly to think they'd drop them.

But there are at least three reasons that space seems interminably long at these shows: 1) No Jerry; 2) They freaking noodle their way into every song, making every song feel like space for at least a few minutes; and 3) No Jerry.

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Poster: CompSurfahV2 Date: Apr 22, 2009 3:11am
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Rookie... Do you want variety??

Try this on... The Dead spent several weeks rehearsing 140+ songs for this tour. Through the first six shows (over 100+ songs), the have repeated THREE... That's over 97+ different songs... That's VARIETY.

Through the years that the Rhythm Devils (that's Billy Kreutzmann & Mickey Hart, to you Rookie) have played 1000s of "Drums." That's VARIETY.

Take your bathroom break... Lock yourself in.

~peace~

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Apr 22, 2009 5:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

Jeez, man. Calm yourself.

You know, it depends on what mood I am in. There are some drum solos that never fail to captivate me, sometimes as long as 10 or 15 minutes. And although it wasn't really my cup of tea, the drum solo I saw in Albany last Friday was pretty gut-blowing, and it had some pretty interesting twists and turns. Even so, it WAS too long, and I wish they had started right up again after it was over instead of farting around in "space."

For a sweet, long drum solo, check out 2/13/70 or 2/14/70 (if you really are a "rookie" and haven't heard these before, I envy you - go buy them NOW (dick's picks volume 4)). 2/13 has a sweet drum section between cryptical envelopment and the other one, and 2/14 has an almost fifteen minute long solo after Alligator that eventually leads into Me And My Uncle.

Yet another that always thrills me is the one on 4/15/70. Short drum section after cryptical envelopment, leading into a ridiculously sweet impromptu "jam" before heading into the other one.

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Poster: august_wst Date: Apr 22, 2009 6:06am
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Hey, to each his own. Personally I would not have even bothered going if I wasn't going to see Mickey and Billy together again on the beast.

And if you REALLY think there isn't enough variety. Go listen to a few shows from 68 and 69...

...you damn kids are spoiled!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 22, 2009 6:36am
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OK, wait a minute AW...are you actually serious that 68 "set" set-lists are a limitation or is this tongue in cheek?

Why I oughta (hmmm, how is that spelled anyhow?)...

I was a bit surprised by all the responses above though...truly.

When I was going in the 70s, I literally took space as the most significant indicator of the complete and utter downfall of the band, other than Jerry's singing...seriously. I thought it was a complete waste of time, used by the band members for a break, and to give the drummers something to do, BUT for which (sorry Max!), I felt they failed absolutely and miserably.

I recall someone on here said that CREAM's Wheels of Fire was great EXCEPT for the 20 min drum solo...I would take that or any GBaker solo over anything I ever saw in space from 76-82....

I know this is coming off badly, but if you watched it, at least the few dozen times I saw it, it was so uninspired, so low key, so awkward if you had folks you were introducing to the scene...Think of all the folks that said above it was "good to take a break", but realize we had just DONE that (they took good breaks between sets when I was going, nothing close to legends of the early era playing wise).

Sorry...

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Poster: august_wst Date: Apr 22, 2009 6:45am
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No it wasn't tongue in cheek. Regardless whether the playing was great, or even if you are effected by the nostalgia factor, they just didn't have a huge song list to draw from back them... that's all I was saying.

I was being kind of funny though. I mean lets face it, you will never be able to satisfy a room full of us picky deadheads.

I mean I personally can't stand anything that came out of the years '76 to '78. I don't say that much in here because I would get flayed alive, but if I had to classify their playing by drug references - '76 -'79 were the shiny sequined coke years and they make my skin crawl. I want the sweaty acid years or the dark heroin jams.

just my 2 cents - flame away

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 22, 2009 6:54am
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Interesting "drug" classification! I think I like that...

Of course, you are right about the set list of 68, if you have to have variety.

I was just hinting that I would never have taken a substitution of a "Space, 1978" for "StSt, June 68" just so I didn't hear another StSt in the fall of 68!?

Meaning, variety is variety, BUT quality trumps it...

So, you probably wouldn't have wanted the variety I just mentioned either...you like the early era, and then what are the yrs you go for specifically vis-a-vis heroin? You actually skip over a few yrs?

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Apr 22, 2009 6:55pm
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Will Tell, I'm wondering how you feel about the "feedback" sections they did so often in those early days. Do you skip them, or do you hear a certain amount of musicality absent in the later "space" excursions?

I personally am not a fan of space, but I AM a fan of feedback, and I think they are very similar in spirit... I couldn't really put my finger on why I like one and not the other.

?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 22, 2009 6:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

Oh yeah, pros and cons...I think there is more complexity to feedback than space...and it involves them all, so I do feel there are differences.

I focus on the one from 6-14-58 as an example; it is short, and obviously transitions into the Eleven, and is something I can listen to regularly.

Now, the original chunk on LiveDead, in isolation, leaves something to be desired...in that respect, it approaches space...but still big differences in my mind.

Nonetheless, like I did with space, I often skipped FBack in listening to shows til this year...

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Poster: august_wst Date: Apr 22, 2009 7:22am
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Yeah, believe it or not even years ago my tape collection went from '65 - '75 then it picked up again in '80 and went until whatever year we were in.

I like variety and I like good playing. I totally agree with you on that stuff. I wouldn't trade a '68 Stephen for a '82 Space for any amount of money. But something tells me that there was a group of head's in '68 going "Awww man, not Dark Star/Stephen AGAIN!"

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 22, 2009 7:40am
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Ha! Yeah, might have been 80s loving Dire in diapers! He might have even yelled out "Freebird!"

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Poster: spacedface Date: Apr 22, 2009 10:47am
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yeah but would you trade a '69 St S for some latter 70s version? Or how about a Throwing Stones-flavored Saint Stephen from '83?

I'd surely trade some St S away for some Drums & Space!

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Poster: Bob Gnarley Date: Apr 22, 2009 11:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

Gotta agree with you on the latter day St. Stephens.I Love most all of the versions between '68-'71, but I'm not really moved by the "newer" arrangement (1/22/78 is an exception).
I was fortunate to catch the Hartford one in '83, and that was an incredible experience live- the whole place erupted, but it fell short of those from the early days.
There are many good drums/spaces out there and I can honestly say that a few times in '83-'84 it was my favorite part of the show.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 22, 2009 3:10pm
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Yeah, that Jan one is unique...Dire put me onto that, along with Arb, back when I asked in 06, so I have a CD with just that and a few bizarre sounding jams assoc with it...

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Apr 22, 2009 2:45pm
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Gotta agree with you Tell-not a fan of space at all- but I can listen to 'drums' occasionally and garner a decent amount of pleasure.

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Poster: pigpen_81 Date: Apr 23, 2009 1:51am
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William Tell stated...
"the most significant indicator of the complete and utter downfall of the band, other than Jerry's singing" <----- Am I reading this correctly ? Repeat... "other than Jerry's singing" <---- Let me get this straight.. You're saying here that,.. the most significant indicator (the biggest signpost) of the complete and utter downfall of the band.. (the bottom of the god damn barrel) IE: We can't go any friggin lower than this. OTHER THAN JERRY'S SINGING ?!?!?!?
Mister Tell,... Do you have a PROBLEM with Jerry's singing ?
If so please,..please elaborate and enlighten me as to what it is about his angelic sweet sound that you find offensive ?
I am completely miffed and do not know how to respond nor articulate my bewilderment regarding your post.

Respectfully,
pigpen81

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 23, 2009 7:37am
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Oh my gosh, PP; haven't you been reading my posts or have I not droned on about this lately?

I was of course, a bit over the top in the above (hmmm, I hope the post we are critiquing is still "above"), but here is my nutshell take on the singing:

Jerry peaked in 70; downhill from there. He worked hard at it that year, albums/studio work prove it, etc., etc. Smoking and touring take toll and it just can't keep up...now, does that mean he can't do a fine PegO or CFingers in 75 or maybe even a little later? Of course not...but in general, my primary problem with their decline, is that I "lost" what I loved the most...his voice.

I also feel his guitar playing changed, as we have hashed over and over and over, and I think Bob started talking his way thru songs in about 73, but those are other topics.

Sorry--thought this was old news...been saying it for three years, so all the other folks just ignore me...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Apr 23, 2009 8:00am
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I would think Jerry's vocal problems any time after 1973 would be obvious.

OK, let's be even more charitable: Pick almost any random show post 1979 and objectively say Jerry doesn't have some problems (again... putting it generously) hitting some of the more difficult notes. The Dead played a lot of tunes that required some serious pipes to hit certain notes (think the harmonic challenges on "Cumberland Blues"....Gotta get down to the Cumberland miiiiiiiiineeeeee...." "spend my tiiiiiiime...")

I mean, I LOVED Jerry's voice for its unique sweetness..no one sounded like him on guitar or in voice...but no way was he a "great" singer. He just wasn't.

and don't even get me started on how he sounded any time past 1983 up til the end.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 23, 2009 8:09am
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You know GC, of course we can't defend him as "classical great" whatever that is (again, where the musically inclined and knowledgeable around here are better equipped than me), BUT the more and more (wasn't I already doing it too much you ask???) I examine an Attics, or RosMFall, or HighT, the more and more I want to place him closer to that category.

I liked RHunter's description as "great american voice" or some such...

I just think as we both do obviously, that you couldn't keep this up with the work effort, the drugs and the smoking especially.

But, in the studio, in 1970--whewww! All three of them did some fine, fine work...also recall DCrosby commenting on how impressed he was, and the folks that said "yeah, they're great, but can't sing" where dead wrong in his view.

And, in spite of myself, J could sound great on some selected songs on some selected nights post 71, for sure...still love PO and CFin from 75...

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Poster: high flow Date: Apr 23, 2009 11:01am
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I think the voice evolved.

I feel that Jerry's voice was perfect for the material he and Grisman were producing toward the end of Jerry's life.

Perhaps the voice was a bit over the hill(and froggy) to belt out Gimme Some Lovin', but for a classic like The Fields Have Turned Brown, his voice was well.......ideal.

In the end, the voice conveyed wisdom and grit from the years of travel and performance. What more could anybody ask for?

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 23, 2009 11:19am
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His voice was not the same, but I think it worked really well on a number of tunes in the later years. Once again, I'll let the guy currently working with Hunter say it best:

"There's no way to measure his greatness or magnitude as a person or as a player. I don't think eulogizing will do him justice. He was that great - much more than a superb musician with an uncanny ear and dexterity. He is the very spirit personified of whatever is muddy river country at its core and screams up into the spheres. He really had no equal. To me he wasn't only a musician and friend, he was more like a big brother who taught and showed me more than he'll ever know. There are a lot of spaces and advances between the Carter Family, Buddy Holly and, say, Ornette Coleman, a lot of universes, but he filled them all without being a member of any school. His playing was moody, awesome, sophisticated, hypnotic and subtle. There's no way to convey the loss. It just digs down really deep." - Bob Dylan

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Apr 23, 2009 3:50pm
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so perfectly stated that eulogy; and i have to chime in here and agree and disagree with WT; yes, his vocals did decline over the years, BUT, i never felt it hampered my enjoyment even one iota when i listened to the JGB or any of the various Garcia projects, in fact, if one can listen to a show as late as 2/26/93 and not be moved, then perhaps that person needs to re-examine their appreciation of Jerry; as for how he sounded with the GD after '72, it doesn't really matter to me since the bulk of my listening is only up to that point; all that follows is more or less dross

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Apr 23, 2009 1:15pm
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I do love that Dylan quote.

I agree too that certain songs of his just FIt w/that croaky voice, even in the 80's...it's just so hard to defend him as a singer to "outsiders" who can't see/hear what we all loved about him.

sure do miss him, that's fer sure.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 23, 2009 11:49am
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Yep, certainly you and BD make a good point. Hmmm, since it took two of you, one gets an assist, and the other the deuce. No, foot was on the line, no three...sorry.

Seriously, though, I see just what you're getting at. And when my little sister says I have to listen to an 80s Althea, I can see that.

I am just making crass generalizations, based entirely on my very biased focus on the early era, and esp the early are acoustic stuff that harkens back to his roots.

I do think that whatever it was he had, he was almost singular in that (I know lots of folks say this kind of thing about their singer songwriters, etc.), though that is not necessarily some amazing accomplishment.

I just don't agree with folks that I discuss the SF scene with (nonDEADers) that state categorically "nobody but Balin could sing" and "no one in the DEAD could" as I think he was way above an idiosyncratic singer like Kottke or Dylan, whom you love while knowing they don't measure up, even if we can't say he had classical chops whatever that means...

And I have no idea where this basketball metaphor is leading...

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Poster: pigpen_81 Date: Apr 23, 2009 10:49am
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Hmm,.. I really hate to cave in twice within a two week period, but... I agree with what you and GC are saying. His vocals did decline although I'm not sure that I agree with the time frame laid out here and I feel it went back and forth at different points in time. Although it was never quite as sweet as it was in the earlier years. Also,.. now that you point it out I do recall you saying before that you felt it peaked in 1970. Just that your phrasing in the above post struck me as dramatic and excessive.
It certainly isn't a voice that can be appreciated by all and does take what I guess you might call a particular ear to enjoy as does most of their music. Part of what I love about Jerry's singing is it's unpolished appearance. Sometimes when he tried to hit the higher notes and cracked it gave me a deep inner smile ;)
Just so you know, my post wasn't meant to be an attack, just a tongue in cheek friendly jab. After rereading it I see it could be interpreted as rather strongly worded and I wanted to define the spirit it was posted in.
so,..to recap : I agree Jerry's voice did deteriorate over time, and I still loved hearing it when it was clear. Bobby's talk through can be most annoying but another part of what of what makes me smile at times and shake my head as you would at a younger brother that's just plain being a goofball. I also see that some of us post a bit passionately at times ;) Also I appreciate your willingness to elaborate, and GC's input.

Hopefully I will not have to concede or reverse myself again for at least a month.
pigpen81

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 23, 2009 10:53am
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I love it


warts and all, warts and all

the good the bad and the downright ugly

well . . . to be honest I can't listen to much past '83 / '84

And I'm going to the Nassau show and am gonna have a good damn time no matter how many . . . .blah blah blah

;~)

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Poster: pigpen_81 Date: Apr 23, 2009 11:54am
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"warts and all... "

I hear ya loud and clear. My listening habits are stuck in 68-78 mostly. I do however branch off into 80-84 as that's when I did the most of my touring. As far as my side projects listening tastes it all revolves around Jerry... OAITW,RECON,LOM,JGMS,JGJK,JGB.
I hit the 2 Worcester shows and didn't regret any of it,with the exception of my bank account statement after the fact.
Hope you have a Grate time and enjoy the show!,

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Apr 22, 2009 4:47am
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That was too severe, IMHO. Drums and space are definitely acquired tastes (and lots of people never acquire them at all). Although you're quite right to point out that the setlists are quite diverse, esp. compared to some of the tours from decades ago.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Apr 22, 2009 5:54am
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Agreed about this segment of the show not being for everyone. Sometimes space was cool if I was in certain frame of mind (*ahem*) but mostly D/S was time for a leak and smoke before the stretch run. Plus, I always thought Billy could drum circles around Mickey anyway.

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Poster: deadmax Date: Apr 22, 2009 6:23am
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Well I always enjoy Drumz, all the people would leave and give me some room to shake it out a bit. One day in the very near future the world is going to start calling Billy and Mickey "National Treasures" and stuff like that and I'll be able to say that I took the time at every show to witness two innovators in their field do what they do best.

I dunno, but it seems silly to like the (Grateful) Dead but to diss this portion of the show. Wouldn't have been the same. I think these two are the glue that make the whole thing happen the way it does.

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Poster: shorthopper88 Date: Apr 22, 2009 7:11am
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Im Going to have to disaggree with you on this COMPLETELY. Even people who arent into this particular line-up have to admit the setlists have been amazingly varied, drawing upon anything and everything.
GET RID OF DRUMS AND SPACE???? NO WAY! Drums and space have always been a crucail part of a dead show. A segment where experimentation with sounds, chords etc... its a free for all, and ive always viewed it as a nice break from "songs".
the Rythem devils are incredible, in my mind a drums segment is totally crucail. Percussion is a wonderfull, and especailly longstanding way to make amazing music and nobody knows this better than the rythem devils, especaily Mickey Hart (I love Planet Drum and his other albums).
Anyone exploring the realms of music as much and the Grateful Dead and the Dead need to have these exerimantal "space" jams, and drum solos.

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Poster: shorthopper88 Date: Apr 22, 2009 7:30am
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and one more thing, theres not too many true deadheads hoping a show will end sooner.
(for 95 bucks a ticket im glad they played for 4 hours)

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Poster: deyzof49 Date: Apr 22, 2009 6:23am
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Such irreverent language about Billy and Mickey. Chill out man.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Apr 22, 2009 12:49pm
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Question is: how many of us listen to drums and space outside of a concert?

When drums start, I immediately jump to a point 3 minutes before space ends (it's great to hear them space their way into the next song.) but generally, drums/space = waste of time.

But at a show, it was different. I liked the time to collect myself, not have to worry about a bad tape flip, go to the bathroom, visit with friends. It was tradition, and in a arena it could be mind blowing when Billy beat that big drum of his or railed on the beam.

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Apr 22, 2009 2:22pm
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"Question is: how many of us listen to drums and space outside of a concert?"

got me on that one

A: about as often as i listen to half of the 1st set or the very end of the 2nd


when the band was faced with trying to resolve the increasing conflicts between the tapers and rowdy attendees during the mid 80's, it was the the tapers that were banished to the otherwise sparsely occupied space behind the sbd

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 22, 2009 2:40pm
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Most of my listening is streaming at work, so I do. It's also fun to see the looks on the faces of paralegals and other attorneys when they walk in my office and hear the same....

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Apr 22, 2009 3:00pm
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that's odd, would've thought the inhabitants of hell to be thrilled upon discovering such a prospect?

i digress, if a man is to jokingly slam another into the boards, he should at least do it with a smile on his face, as well as a grimace in anticipation for the retaliatory slash

:))
{:[


about to watch Montreal lose their distinction as the only team to win at least one cup in every decade

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 22, 2009 3:48pm
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My wife sent me the following link earlier today - she contends the real hockey is played in Europe and wishes that the NHL would give her homeland (CR) some of the players back:

http://www.iihf.com/channels/iihf-world-championship-oc09/home-oc/tournament-information/g ame-schedule.html

And I bet I'm the only one here in Monterey with a Saskatchewan Roughriders' green hoodie sweatshirt. My best man was a Regina native.

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Poster: srtg83 Date: Apr 22, 2009 8:59pm
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BD, that is indeed a nice touch, those fans at Taylor Field in Regina are well known for their suds consumption. Funny you mention listening to space at the office. The other day I saw clients in my office instead of the ``bored room`` and I had the d/s from Lake Placid on, boy did I get some strange looks from this developer and his accountant. Strangely, I do get joy from shocking the squarepants.

I know your views on the current tour, but have you heard this second night from Worcester: http://www.archive.org/details/TheDead2009-04-19.MG21.flac16

I am with your better half on the upcoming WC, also my home team will be making its debut in the first division.

MS, I bleed blue and white for the Leafs but gotta say that I am sorry to see Montreal gone so soon. That is some record thou, winning at least one cup in each decade for 100 years.

Did I say how surprised I am by the second show in Worcester? One question, where are all the crisp fobs, all the recordings seem to be from the OTS?

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 23, 2009 12:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

I'll listen and give it a fair shake. I did not enjoy the show from last night, but there were moments. I enjoyed some of Chimenti's work and really liked Warren's vocals on So Many Roads.

Here's my favorite hockey story:

Carolina Residents Confused, Terrified As Victorious Hurricane Players Riot In StreetsJune 22, 2006
RALEIGH, NC—Only hours after the Carolina Hurricanes won the NHL Championship Monday night in a hard-fought Game 7 against the Edmonton Oilers, North Carolina Gov. Michael Easley mobilized the National Guard to contain over two dozen members of what he described as "some sort of depraved, violent, heretofore unheard-of gang calling themselves the Hurricanes."

"These strange men came out of nowhere with absolutely no warning," Easley said of the Stanley Cup-winning Hurricanes, who emptied garbage cans, overturned vehicles and set them aflame, looted local businesses, and frightened hundreds of citizens out of their sleep. "Nobody had ever heard of them before. No one knows what they want. And nobody knows why they were acting so crazy."
Police chief Jane Perlov is reporting that the NHL club, which was known as the Hartford Whalers until moving to North Carolina in 1997 and has struggled to attract much local attention, "somehow gained access to Raleigh's RBC Center earlier Monday, engaged in some sort of ritualistic violence involving sticks and nets, and then proceeded to drink heavily before heading to their cars."
"Following their leader—a man Canadian officials have identified as one Rod Brind'Amour—a group of between 26 and 30 heavily bearded Caucasians drove onto the Raleigh Chapel Hill Expressway at speeds exceeding 120 mph, causing several traffic accidents and overturning one 16-wheeler, which eventually exploded," Perlov said. "The members of the gang we're calling 'The Hurricanes' then exited their vehicles and descended on Hillsborough Street, where they entered the storied Velvet Cloak Inn, woke up guests by throwing alarm clocks, chairs, and mattresses out the windows, and then promptly burned them."
The Hurricanes then proceeded to loot cherished Raleigh establishments such as Brother's Pizza, Snoopy's Hot Dogs, and the Waffle House, leaving many business owners, who had never seen or heard of the players before, confused and frightened.
"We couldn't believe what was happening," said Sam Weber, owner of Playmakers, a Raleigh sports bar. "I still don't understand it. We had a decent crowd here to watch the 1982 North Carolina vs. Georgetown NCAA Championship game on ESPN Classic when out of nowhere a lamppost comes crashing through the front window. Then these huge pasty white guys, all wearing, like, matching sweaters, run in screaming like madmen and holding this giant planter over their heads, which they demanded I fill with beer. They invited all my customers to join them, but we were too shocked, terrified and disoriented to even move, so the gang got angry and stole four of my big-screen televisions."
"They weren't from around here, I'll tell you that much," Weber added. "When the police arrived, no one could remember having seen a single one of them before."
From there, the Hurricanes traveled to Raleigh's historic Pullen Park, where they took turns riding the cherished Pullen Park Carousel with the Stanley Cup. When no townspeople joined them on the carousel, the players began to grow morose, and demonstrated their displeasure by removing the horses from their mountings and carrying them back to their cars.
"I had never seen a scarier group of people," said Raleigh resident Max Sherwood, who was enjoying a quiet, calm Raleigh evening in the park with his mother. "They all had scraggily looking beards and they reeked of sweat and alcohol. They were screaming things like 'We fucking did it!' and 'Stanley!' When I politely asked them who Stanley was and not to cuss in front of my mother, well, that's when they came after us."
Sherwood suffered a mild concussion as well as facial lacerations after being forced to drink warm champagne out of "some type of weird birdbath."
In an attempt to assuage the confusion and fears of many Raleigh citizens, the Carolina Hurricanes public-relations team, in partnership with the National Hockey League, has issued a statement saying that the "gang" had in fact been playing "hockey," and that North Carolina did, in fact, have a hockey team. The team has also set up a crisis center offering free first aid to anybody who was injured during the riots and free counseling for anyone who wants to learn about the sport of hockey, its rules, its history, and possibly buy discount season tickets for next year.
However, most locals have yet to come to grips with the events of this past week.
"This is a sad, shameful day, not only for Raleigh but for the state of North Carolina," Mayor Charles Meeker said Wednesday. "I still do not understand exactly what caused these 'Hurricanes' to hold their strange celebration in our streets. But I think I speak for all of North Carolina when I say I hope that they never repeat whatever it is again."


From... Onion Sports

and the greatest live moment in hockey?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAcere7LL_o&;feature=related

This post was modified by bluedevil on 2009-04-23 19:00:28

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 23, 2009 12:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

OK. I admit to enjoying Warren (and the others) in the first set of the cited Worcester show.

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Poster: veblen Date: Apr 23, 2009 12:44pm
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that story is great bluedevil...thanks!!!

GO PENS!!!

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Poster: srtg83 Date: Apr 23, 2009 3:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

concur with Veblen, great story BD.

MS, What's with all the fine Canadian references, are you not in Thailand?

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 23, 2009 1:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

i'm grappling with my doubts as I know i would have had fun at that second worcester show. I liked the first set, esp warren, and the post fire on the mt stuff is out there .....

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Poster: He Live's Date: Apr 23, 2009 8:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

foifoisdo

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Poster: sambonk2 Date: Apr 23, 2009 1:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

Drums and Space are the thing that make the dead "the dead".EXPLORATION.Its more of a Jazz thing.Its the time in the night where they get to play whats on their mind that day,That moment.Its Angry...Sad..Happy.Its all part of the Experience.I for one love the segments.Some Days are more Blah than others,but some of the most beautiful Garcia colorings can be found in these Spaces.

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Poster: biglouie358 Date: Apr 22, 2009 7:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

It's true, they did play a lot of mixed up tunes, new potato, standing on the moon, into the mystic... I feel though that they are just trying to deliberately find every song and jam it as much as they can because they want to show off their style. The band was playing the music, while between 1968 and 1983 the music played the band. Every song is spaced out I feel because they know everyone expects it. The flow seemed unnatural. The lot after hours scares the shit out of me now.

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Poster: elkdog Date: Apr 22, 2009 4:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

Admittedly not my favorite part of a show, but a lot of people really get into it, so hey, bathroom break. I've seen a few posts where people are looking for a particular drums/space on tape. It doesn't often captivate me, but anyone who plays percussion on "Standing on the Moon," deserves a chance to cut loose.

Edit: I LOVE SOTM, but figure it would be boring to be a drummer on that song. Some shots of Mickey in this video someone posted recently back me up on that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t7HVgeW2Kk

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 22, 2009 5:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

Yeah, back in the day if I wasn't in the mood for a drums space I always used the opportunity to mingle and stretch the legs, wander the corridors and see the sights . . . who really wants the show to end twenty minutes earlier anyway?

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Poster: spacedface Date: Apr 22, 2009 10:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

I really like drums & space, esp if drums had some percussion or jam with a another member of the band. The Beam monochordy thing is really cool. MIDI and guests helped too.

But the segment did become stale after almost 20 years with far too little surprise in structure.

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Poster: Morning Dewd Date: Apr 22, 2009 6:03am
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I'm sure Ned is free.Bring back Seastones!

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Apr 22, 2009 6:53pm
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god help us...

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Poster: deyzof49 Date: Apr 22, 2009 6:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: More variety is needed in the setlist

Is you Chris on wrong beach?